Churchyard Projects from Around the Country

Havant Cemeteries Project, Hampshire

The Conservation Volunteers has begun a new project to conserve, enhance and discover the natural and social history contained within New Lane and Warblington cemeteries, in Havant, Hampshire.  So far volunteers have sown wildflower seeds, built bird boxes and unearthed gravestones to reveal the inscriptions.  Our future activities will involve bulb planting, hedgerow planting, recording inscriptions and planning for a public exhibition.  This is a 2 year project, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will leave a lasting legacy with the formation of a community group. We are always happy to welcome more volunteers.

If you would like to find out more information or get involved please call 02380 402593 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can see what we’ve been up to on the projects websites at or

St Luke’s Church Great Crosby

“to create a place of beauty and a haven for people and wildlife”


At St Luke’s we have begun to change the way we look at our church grounds. We no longer see them as a liability, but as an asset which God has given us to steward and to look after for the benefit of the local community. And so we developed a vision for our grounds - ‘to create a place of beauty and a haven for people and wildlife’. As we have embarked on this project interest has snowballed and we have found support in unexpected places.

Our website is

The Diocese of St Albans' Living Churchyard Project 

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The Diocese of St Albans, which covers Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire has been running the project since 2006 with support from the Herts. and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust. Many churches in the diocese now have areas of their churchyards managed in a way that allows wild flowers to flourish. Some have compost heaps, log piles or bird boxes.

An open evening at a participating churchyard is arranged each summer which allows people to exchange advice and experience. 

See for more information including management advice leaflets and photos of churchyards.


Wiltshire Living Churchyard Project

The Wiltshire Living Churchyards project has 45 participating Churchyards or areas of sacred land. We are helped and supported by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Wiltshire Churches Together and Social Responsibility in Wiltshire.

Wiltshire is known as the County of Chalk and Cheese with sparse downland habitat to the south and richer pastureland in the north, which provides an amazing range of floral diversity in the Churchyard projects. Some of our Churchyards have been managed in a wildlife friendly way by country folk for many years.

At our annual Seminar, we award certificates for continued wildlife management. These are approved and supported by the Bishops of Bristol and Salisbury. A couple of churchyard awards have continued management approaching 50 years.

If you would like to find out any more about us contact Ivan Randall 01249 657684. 

Wrexham Sacred Space Project

Northern Marches Cymru, which is a partnership of private, public, voluntary and community organisations, is working with the Open Church Network on an exciting new project, Sacred Space.

The Sacred Space project aims to develop the historic and environmental potential of churchyards of all denominations in the rural Wrexham area. The project will include the provision of management plans for churchyards, gravestone and wildlife surveys, conservation activities, workshops and interpretation material for outside panels/boards, leaflets, education packs and a website.

The Rural Development Plan for Wales has enabled funding for this project to be obtained from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Assembly Government until February 2011. For more details contact Heather Williams Tel: 01978 298386.


Yorkshire’s Living Churchyard Project

The Project, a joint venture between Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the Yorkshire Dioceses of the Church of England, dates from 1988. The project relies on a group of very competent volunteers to help with advisory visits to churchyards. Following on from a visit to meet those interested in their churchyard, suggestions for management, a list of the species seen or heard on the visit and an annotated map of the churchyard is sent to the parish. It is then up to them to implement or modify the suggestions. Each year, Churchyard Management Seminars are held together with a number of ‘Open Churchyards’.

A collection of leaflets on aspects of churchyard conservation management was brought together in one booklet ‘Churchyard Management’. This is available by post. 

For more information visit Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s website.


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